Importance of God’s mercy In Our Lives
BIBLE TEXT: ROMANS 9:15, EXODUS 33:19, LAMENTATIONS 3:22-23
Lamentations 3:22-23 (KJV) – It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
Exodus 33:19 – And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
Romans 9:15 – For he says to Moses, ‘I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.
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The importance of the mercy of God in the life of a believer cannot be overemphasized. Mercy is what activates the complete work of redemption in the life of an individual. Without mercy, it would be impossible to obtain forgiveness from God. It is His compassionate and loving nature that extends forgiveness, grace, and compassion to humanity. As imperfect beings, we are in constant need of God’s mercy. It is by the mercy of God that we are delivered from the power of darkness, and translated into the kingdom of His dear Son, Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:13).
As human beings, we often fall short and make mistakes; and are always in constant need of forgiveness and compassion. In our spiritual journey, God’s mercy plays a vital role, offering us salvation, restoration, and a path to redemption. God through His mercy, reconciles us to Himself, frees us from the captivity of sin, fills us with knowledge of Him, and ultimately seeks to make us citizens of His kingdom. This is to enable us to worship, serve, and glorify Him now on earth and forever in heaven.
All through the pages of the New Testament, mercy is what activated the miracles that Jesus performed in the lives of the people. Blind Bartimaeus received his sight because he cried to Jesus for mercy (Mark 10:48). The Canaanite woman also cried to Jesus for mercy to heal her daughter from the demon possession (Matthew 15:22). These are few examples of how God’s mercy activated miracles in the Bible.
In this article, we will explore the importance of God’s mercy and how we can obtain mercy.
IMPORTANCE OF GOD’S MERCY
God’s Mercy Offers Forgiveness
One of the most profound aspects of God’s mercy is the forgiveness it extends to us. Despite our sinful nature, God’s mercy allows us to find redemption and reconciliation with Him. Through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, God offers the opportunity for our sins to be forgiven, providing a path to a restored relationship with Him. Ephesians 1:7 says, “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.”
God’s Mercy Offers Salvation
God’s mercy goes beyond forgiveness; it encompasses our salvation. Through His mercy, God rescues us from the consequences of sin and grants us eternal life. It is through His mercy that we can experience a transformation from a life of bondage to sin to a life of freedom in Christ.
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration (rebirth) and renewing of the Holy Spirit.” (Titus 3:5)
God’s Mercy Promotes Compassion and Empathy
Experiencing God’s mercy in our lives allows us to extend the same compassion and empathy to others. When we recognize the depth of God’s forgiveness and grace towards us, we are compelled to demonstrate the same mercy to those around us. It is through acts of mercy and compassion that we become ambassadors of God’s love in the world. Matthew 5:7 says, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”
God’s Mercy Offers Hope and Second Chances
God’s mercy reminds us that no matter how far we may have strayed or how grave our sins, there is always hope for redemption and a fresh start. It is through His mercy that we are given second chances and the opportunity to turn our lives around. God’s mercy offers hope for a brighter future, filled with His grace and love. Isaiah 55:7 admonishes us, “Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.”
God’s Mercy Renews and Restores
God’s mercy is not a one-time event but an ongoing process of renewal and restoration. It is His mercy that enables us to experience spiritual growth and transformation. Through His grace, God continually renews our hearts, empowering us to live a life that reflects His love and righteousness. “Because of the LORD’s mercy we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23
Release from Guilt and Shame
God’s mercy liberates us from the burden of guilt and shame. When we acknowledge our sins and turn to Him, God’s mercy removes the weight of condemnation, bringing healing and restoration to our souls. Through His mercy, we can experience freedom from the chains of guilt and shame, embracing a new identity in Christ.
The Psalmist says, “He has not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:10-12 (KJV)
Relationship with God
God’s mercy deepens our relationship with Him. As we experience His mercy, we grow in gratitude and awe of His love and grace. It draws us closer to Him, fostering intimacy and a greater understanding of His character. God’s mercy allows us to know Him as a compassionate Father who desires a personal and loving relationship with His children. 1 John 4:19 says, “We love because he first loved us.”
God’s Mercy Transforms Our Hearts
God’s mercy has the power to transform our hearts and lives. As we continually experience His mercy, our hearts become more aligned with His will, and our lives reflect His character. Through His mercy, God molds us into vessels of His love, grace, and mercy, impacting the world around us.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2 (NIV)
God’s Mercy Sustains Us
Through the hustles and bustles of life, God’s mercy sustains us. It is His mercy that carries us through trials, strengthens us in our weaknesses, and provides us with the hope and endurance we need to persevere. It is mercy of God that keeps us from giving up in the journey of life. God’s mercy is a constant source of strength and comfort, even in the midst of life’s challenges.
Psalm 86:15 says, “But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.”
The importance of God’s mercy in our lives cannot be overstated. It is through His mercy that we find redemption, forgiveness, comfort, and guidance. God’s mercy brings restoration, renewal, and deepens our relationship with Him. It also calls us to extend mercy to others, reflecting His character and love to the world. As recipients of His mercy, we are called to extend the same mercy to others, reflecting His love and grace in our interactions. Let us embrace God’s mercy with gratitude, seek His forgiveness and restoration, and allow His mercy to shape our lives, guiding us on the path of righteousness and drawing us closer to Him.
As we embrace and appreciate the significance of God’s mercy, may it transform our hearts, minds, and actions, drawing us closer to Him and empowering us to live as vessels of His mercy and grace.